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How to Grow and Care for a Golden Sedum (Sedum adolphii)

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Sedum adolphi, commonly known as Golden Sedum, is an incredibly versatile rangy color accent in succulent landscapes, borders and along pathways or for spilling forth out of planters. Star-shaped, white flowers add winsome contrast to the greenish-yellow leaf color, which sparkles golden orange in strong light. It is a bushy plant in bright light. In shade, stems tend to trail. White flowers are borne on leafy stalks at the stem tips.

Sedum nussbaumerianum is similar but oranger in color when grown in the sun and its stems are less upright. Some botanists believe that the two should be lumped under the name Sedum adolphii.

This lovely high colored tender succulent is a fine groundcover in frost free areas. Goled Sedum is most often grown as a houseplant or an attractive outdoor container plant where it can be protected during the winter. It is hardy from USDA hardiness zones 9 through 11

Growing Conditions and General Care

Choose a location with full sun to filtered shade. Golden Sedums is an ideal plant for rock gardens because it spreads quickly with a trailing, low form. At maturity, it stand up to 10 inches (25 cm) tall and spread up to 2 feet (60 cm). Golden Sedum can also be used in mixed container gardens or even on walls or terraces.

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This succulent tolerates most soils but thrive in light, slightly sandy, well-draining soils. In soggy, water-logged soils, the roots rot and the plants suffer disease and pest problems. Plant Golden Sedum 2 feet (60 cm) apart. Combine this plant with other succulents or low-growing, drought-tolerant groundcovers.

Golden Sedum is drought tolerant once it establish a deep root system. The best way to water this plant is to use "soak and dry" method. Get the soil completely wet and then wait until the soil is dry before watering again. Fertilize annually with a balanced fertilizer. Apply the fertilizer to the soil in spring as new growth appears, according to package directions.

Trim back with a string trimmer to remove flowers if the plant starts to look untidy. Divide Golden Sedum every 4 years to encourage new growth.

Propagation

There are 3 ways to effectively propagate Golden Sedum: from seed, leaf cuttings and stem cuttings.

Source: sfgate.com

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